About Just for Today…

You know when you want to make changes to your diet and health but life gets busy, or you have a bad day and everything goes out the window. Well, let me just say that unless you live on a retreat, have a private chef and fitness trainer, or are incredibly disciplined, you are completely normal.

At Just for Today Living, we understand the challenges of modern life and the products and services we provide, will help you make the changes that you want, at a pace that suits you, in a way that will last forever. You just need to take things one day at a time.

About my journey with food

I truly believe in the benefits of eating a nutritious and delicious diet. Not because I’ve been trained to do so, or because I read it in a book somewhere but from personal experience and those of the hundreds, possibly thousands by now, of people that have come to my nutrition and cooking classes and whose health and attitudes towards food has been transformed.

My own journey with food has been a rocky one. I became very ill in my late twenties, no doubt from my lifestyle and the terrible diet that I was eating. Croissants, coffee and cigarettes for breakfast, burgers for dinner and most likely nothing for lunch, I think you get the picture. My emotions were out of control and my body exhausted and in bad shape, I would wake up and throw up every morning, be in bed with migraines every weekend and suffer with repeated infections, exhaustion and a body that was constantly in pain. With the help of a Naturopath and a very strict diet that I undertook for over a year, I began to turn things around. My skin started to glow, my digestion improved and the headaches became a thing of the past. I would love to say that this was all it took and I have been a picture of health ever since but that would be a lie.

I have had to work at developing a way of eating that suits my particularly sensitive constitution. I have tried the macrobiotic approach, the raw food diet, paleo, grain free, gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian! I’ve been impossibly strict with myself, let it all go to pot and have now found my middle path. I’m human and I love food, so I enjoy and let things slide from time to time, without any guilt but I now have the tools to get back on track. Eating good food has been the foundation that helped get me through some really tough times in life, enabled me to have a glowing pregnancy and got me through two years of sleepless nights with my son. I may look in the mirror and see an older version of myself but on the inside I feel a lot younger and healthier than I did when I was in my twenties.

Qualifications and experience

Personal journey aside, I’m a qualified Naturopath and have been registered with the ANTA (Australian Natural Therapist Association) since 2005. I’ve also been in private practise and running nutrition and cooking classes in Melbourne and the UK since 2001.

I was a regular feature writer for the Australian Natural Health Magazine for several years, before my son was born and have assisted wholefood chef Tony Chiodo, with cooking classes and his cookbook “Feel Good Food”.

My toughest audience, so far, have been the apprentice chefs I taught nutrition to for many years. These students were not afraid to let me know I was being a boring, crap teacher and could I please make learning about healthy food simple, interesting and fun! I think they transformed me far more than I them.

How can I contribute to your life and health?

Well, this is of course the million dollar question and an important one to think about, before you invest your time, money and energy with me. Of course the success of any nutritional approach, ultimately comes down to you, which is often why it’s so difficult to get started in the first place, as you have to be ready for change.

From my side of the relationship, I guarantee that I will consider all aspects of your life and current circumstances both before making any recommendation. There’s simply no point in prescribing a course of action that’s going to feel overwhelming, or out of reach financially, or time wise.

I can also guarantee that you will have a much better working knowledge of food after we have met, so you can deeply understand the reason why certain foods, or the way you prepare them might be causing you hassle.

People often comment that they find me easy to talk too, that they never feel intimidated or judged by me. Perhaps that’s because of my own personal struggles with health, diet and recovery. I really do understand what it’s like to feel awful and not know why and also not know what to do or where to start in order to change that.

With this support behind you, if your struggling with food and health, I can help you to build confidence into your world, so you feel more in control and less overwhelmed.

And lastly about my son

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My son Oliver is the person who has solidified my belief in the powerful benefits of good food and living, I will tell you why.

Oliver was born with Down Syndrome, an extra chromosome that creates a lot of additional health challenges. Since he was born I’ve spent every spare moment researching ways in which to help him. The journey has not only helped us both in terms of our ongoing health, it has been an intense time of learning for me and I now have a much deeper understanding of the cause of health issues than ever before. I shall forever be grateful to him for that.

Oliver is nearly four years old and is bright, alert and glowing with health. I can honestly say with my hand on my heart that this has so much to do with what he eats, what I ate during my pregnancy and more importantly what we don’t eat. When I look at how comfortable Oliver is in his healthy body and how much I’m assisting him in building a strong physical foundation for the rest of his life, I can’t help but wish this wellbeing for every child and every person.